Today Finish Chapter 22 (Electrostatics) Then Chapter 23
Today Finish Chapter 22 (Electrostatics) Then Chapter 23 (Electrical Circuits) Looking ahead: Next Lecture Tue Apr 16: Finish Ch 23, followed by Review Session Friday Apr 19: Midterm 2 (Chs: 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23) Chapter 23: Electric Current Electric Current Is the flow of electric charge (i.e. charged particles, usually electrons) between regions of different electric potential. When there is no potential difference, there is no charge flow, no
current. Consider high potential object, eg van de Graaff dome. Connect to earth with wire charge flows down to the lower potential of the ground. But this current is brief, because it stops once dome reaches the same potential as the ground. In order to get a sustained current flow, need some kind of pump (i.e. battery) Before getting into this, consider fluid analogy: Water flows from high pressure to low pressure, but stops flowing once pressures (heights) are equal.
Can get sustained water flow if pressure difference maintained via a pump Electric current cont. What actually is flowing? Depends on the circuit: In circuits of metal wires, its electrons (called conduction electrons), free to move (whereas positive ions are fixed in a lattice). In car batteries, its positive ions in a fluid (sulfuric acid and distilled water mix) Rate of flow measured in amperes amount of charge passing a given point per second:
1 ampere = 1 Coulomb/sec Note that we often call potential difference simply voltage : need a voltage across two points in order to get a current between them. Recall from Ch. 22, that the unit is volt. Usually, symbol for current is I (but not used in your book) Question In a circuit carrying a 1-ampere current, how many electrons pass a given point in a second? 1 Ampere means 1 Coulomb per second, and recall that 1 C is 6.25 x 1018 electrons (i.e. 6.25 billion billion electrons.) Clicker Question
Voltage sources Recall, need an electrical pump for sustained current flow, to maintain a potential difference. Called a voltage source: eg chemical battery, or generator Batteries do work to pull negative charges away from positive ones. E.g. In chemical battery, a chemical reaction between zinc or lead in acid releases chemical energy in broken bonds this energy is converted to electric potential energy. E.g. Generators use electromagnetic induction (see later in Ch 25) to separate charges. This work is stored in the battery, and is available at the battery terminals. We characterize batteries by their voltage = electrical pressure (eg car battery is 12-V) Note terminology:
c.f. fluids Voltage across a circuit vs current through circuit Pressure difference across a pipe vs water flow through pipe Electrical Resistance How much current there is depends on whats in the circuit as well as the voltage. i.e on the electrical resistance Circuit symbol is a zig-zag, can represent lamp, heater etc
c.f. fluids eg a short and wide pipe has less resistance than a long and skinny one. Similarly with wires: Electrical resistance (symbol R), measured in ohms, W,, and depends on: length (longer, more resistance) thickness (thinner, more resistance) conductivity (property of type of metal, eg steel more than copper) temperature (hotter, more resistance usually) Ohms Law Relationship between current, voltage and resistance in a circuit: voltage Current = resistance
In units, amperes = volts ohms current Note that this is often written as V = I R voltage resistance So, devices with less resistance draw more current from a given potential difference.
Questions (1) A typical lamp cord has a resistance of 1 W, while a typical light bulb has resistance of 150 W,. If both are connected to a 120-V circuit, how much current is drawn? Current = Voltage/Resistance = 120 / (1 + 150) = 0.79 Amperes (2) What is the resistance of an electric frying pan that draws 3 A from the same 120-V source? First, do you expect the resistance to be greater or less than in (1)? Since it draws more current, expect its resistance to be less: Resistance = Voltage/Current = 120-V / 3-A
= 40 W, Electric Shock Electric shock is caused by large currents through the body. Since current = voltage/resistance, this also means large voltages cause shock. But it depends on bodys resistance: If soaked with salt water, resistance can be as low as ~ 100 W, If skin very dry, resistance can be up to ~ 500 000 W, Question: Why do we feel a tingle, when touching electrodes of a 12-V battery with moist skin, completing the circuit from one hand to the other, but we dont feel anything when our fingers are dry? Because resistance is much less (~1000 W,) when fingers moist, so the current that flows is detectable, whereas with dry fingers the current is so small that we dont feel it.
So what currents can we feel? 0.001 A 0.005 A --- 0.01 A 0.015A 0.07A can be felt painful involuntary loss of muscle muscle through contractions control heart > 1s fatal if Electric shock overheats body tissues, disrupts nerve function, upset electrical patterns in heart etc Electric shock cont. The huge decrease in resistance when you are wet is the cause of many fatal electric shocks
E.g. If touch a faulty 120-V light fixture, while touching ground, your body is a conducting path with 120-V potential difference across it. If you are in the bath (which is connected to ground via plumbing), and say your resistance is 1000 W,, then current through you = 120/1000 = 0.12 A fatal. (Never touch electrical devices while in the bath!) Also drops of water around switches can conduct current to the user. Note that distilled water is an insulator: but regular water is conducting because of ions (eg salts) dissolved in it. Also sweat is conducting. Note that need a difference in electric potential between two points in your body in order to feel the shock. E.g. Bird here doesnt feel shock on electric wire of high voltage since all the bird is at the same high potential. But if he somehow put a foot on the ground, or on another
wire of different potential, hed be zapped Clicker Question Three-pronged plugs: ground Important especially for appliances with a metal casing the casing is connected directly to ground. Electricity flows from live, through your appliance, back to neutral. neutral
hot or live BUT if there is a loose wire in the appliance, it could contact the metal casing, raising its potential, and if you touch it, youd get a possibly fatal shock. Instead, the ground wire ensures the casing is always at zero potential. Question: The third prong on electric plugs is longer than the pair of flat prongs. Why? If longer, it will be connected first when plugged into a socket, so establishes the ground connection slightly before the appliance is electrically connected. This path to ground prevents harm to user if there is a short circuit in the appliance that would otherwise include the used as a path to ground. Direct Current and Alternating Current
Direct Current (dc): electrons flow in one direction only. Eg. Battery, since terminals always have the same sign. Electrons flow from terminal to +, and continue through circuit. Alternating Current (ac): electrons go first in one dir, then in the opposite, then back again etcalternating Eg. Household current. Generators at 60 Hz (in the US) i.e. alternates back and forth at freq of 60 cycles per second. See later (Ch 25) why more useful. Voltage of ac in US is 120-V (for those who know what it means, this is rms value. Dont worry about it otherwise).
Europe uses 220-V since power transmission is more efficient at higher voltages (but US didnt change since much equipment was designed for the lower 120-V) n-e o n i.e. able n i x am Extra reading: Converting from ac to dc
Although household current is ac, sometimes want to run dc devices, using an ac-dc convertor. Need a diode like a one-way valve: Input is ac Diode only lets + current pass. Pulsed. How to smooth out flow and get rid of zero current regions? Use a capacitor: recall this stores charge, and that takes time, so
introduces retarding effect, leading to smoother output current. Here a capacitor is used to smooth out flow Using a pair of diodes reverses polarity of part instead of eliminating them. Speed of electrons in a circuit. When we flip a light switch, the light comes on almost immediately (ac or dc). In fact the electrical signal travels at nearly the speed of light, c = 3 x 108 m/s. But it is NOT the electrons that travel so quickly.
First, how are the electrons moving? Consider first dc. Distinguish random fast motion (~million m/s) with slower drift velocity (~0.0001 m/s) No net current just random thermal motion in all directions A battery or generator sets up an electric field, so while they are buzzing around randomly, they are also being nudged in a fixed direction by field. Collisions with atoms prevent them from gaining much speed from the field - net effect is a slow drift velocity in field direction.
It takes 3 hours for an electron to travel through 1 meter of wire! Slower than a snail Although an electric signal travels at nearly speed of light, the electrons themselves move in response to this at a much slower speed In fact, in an AC circuit, conduction electrons dont progress along wire instead, they oscillate about fixed positions. Its the pattern of motion that is carried across the circuit at speed of light. It is not the bumping of electrons into each other that propagates the electricity: (ANTI-)DEMO: Lets pretend we are electrons! Line people up standing close to each other. Person on the end gives a shove to
neighbor, who as a result shoves his neighbor etc down the line till the person at the other end is shoved forward. This is NOT a model for how electric current travels! (It is more a model of how sound travels). Its too slow. Rather, signal for person-at-far-end to move arrives much quicker its as if a green-light signal went off at the other end. Every person (electron) reacts almost simultaneously. So signal is almost instantaneous When you turn on your key to start your car, electrons migrate from the negative battery terminal through the electric network to the starter motor and back to the positive battery terminal. About how long is required for one of the electrons to leave the negative terminal and go through the circuit and back again? Less than a millisecond? Less than a second? A few seconds? Or about a day?
Answer: Actually about a day! The source of electrons in a circuit Source of electrons is the conducting circuit itself. Electrons are not stored in an outlet, to be released when an appliance is connected. The outlets in homes are ac, so actually electrons make no migration through a wire. But even in dc circuits, the battery is not the source of the electrons, rather it is the source of energy that makes the electrons in the circuit move. Power utilities sell energy, not electrons. Energy is carried by electric field. Eg. If put 120-V across a lamp, each Coulomb of charge dissipates 120-Joules of energy. Most is heat, some is light.
Electric Power Current expends energy in a circuit mostly as heat, but also for what its used for eg turning a motor, light. Recall Power = (work done)/time = (energy)/time. For electrical circuits, Power = current x voltage In units:Watts = amperes x volts Cost of electricity depends on power consumption over time i.e. energy = power x time = often measured in kilowatt-hour (kWh) E.g. A lightbulb rated at 120-W connected on a 120-V line, draws a current of 1A, whereas a 60-W bulb draws A. Running the 60-W bulb for the same time as the 120-W one costs half as much. Brightness depends on power E.g. A toaster draws much more current than a lightbulb, so is much more
expensive to use across the same household 120-V supply, if on for same time Question A toaster has a resistance of 60 W,. When connected across the household 120-V supply, a) b) c) how much current is drawn? how much power is delivered? how much energy is used if it is run for 1 minute? a) current = voltage/resistance = 120/60 = 2 A
b) power = voltage x current = 120 x 2 = 240 W c) energy = power x time = 240 W x 60s = 14.4 kJ Electric circuits Circuit = any path along which electrons can flow. An electric switch is something that provides a gap in the circuit when opened, so stops the current and energy flow. Charge does not pile up anywhere; rather, it flows. A given circuit may have many devices. Can be connected in series or in parallel. Series circuits Single pathway for current between terminals of battery/generator. Eg: circuit
diagram Almost immediately after switch is closed, same current exists in all three lamps. Electrons in all parts of the circuit move at once. Break in circuit means open circuit no more current in any part of circuit eg if one lamp burns out. Series circuits some rules: Current through each device is the same (since single pathway for charge) Total resistance of circuit = sum of resistances of devices Current = (voltage of source)/(Total resistance), from Ohms law Voltage drop across each device is proportional to its resistance. This is also from Ohms law, since voltage = current x resistance, and current is same for each.
Sum of voltage drops across each device = total voltage of source. This is also from Ohms law. Also can interpret in terms of energy: amount of energy used to move each charge through entire circuit = sum of energies used to move that charge through each device in turn. Main disadvantage if one device fails, current throughout circuit goes out. -Parallel circuits (see next) gets around this. Parallel circuits Wires form branches separate paths for current. Eg: Circuit diagram So, even if one lamp fails, the other two can still light up.
Even if only one lamp is lit, there is a complete pathway between battery terminals Eg. modern holiday lights (eg outside or Christmas-tree) , car headlights Parallel circuits some rules: Voltage drop across each device is same. (Since each connects same two points A and B of circuit) Total current = sum of currents in each branch Current in each device (i.e. in each branch) ~ V/ (resistance of branch) Follows from Ohms law applied to each branch, with same V across each. Circuits with more parallel branches have less overall (total) resistance. A way to understand this the effective width of the wire gets larger as you add a branch, so effective resistance is decreased.
Clicker Question Another Question If now a third lamp is added in series, to the series circuit, what happens to individual brightness of each lamp? How about adding a third in parallel to the parallel circuit? Series: Each lamp dims, since overall resistance of circuit increases, so less current through each. (And less individual voltage drop as total voltage drop is shared by three instead of two). Parallel: Unchanged. Still same voltage across individuals. Parallel Circuits and Overloading
Electricity enters home by two wires called lines, which then branch into parallel circuits connecting wall outlets, ceiling lights so these have same voltage put across them (120-V) As more devices are plugged in, overall resistance of circuit in home decreases, and draws more current. (c.f picture) Sum of the currents in the branches = line current, so this can get too large to be safe, if too many devices plugged in. Circuit is overloaded, overheated, may start fire. Parallel Circuits and Overloading cont. Safety Fuses: Prevent overloading. Connected in series along supply line so all current must pass through.
Designed to melt at given current, so breaks circuit if current exceeds that (eg 20 A). Circuit breakers used instead in modern buildings. Magnets or bimetallic strips that open a switch if current is too great. Clicker Question
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